Investigating the impact of decarbonisation and net zero policies and delivery on racial and ethnic minorities in Bristol, UK


An opportunity to apply for a full-time PhD in the Faculty of the Environment and Technology. The studentship will be funded/part-funded by the Faculty of Environment and Technology: Ref 2022-JAN-FET09.

The expected start date of this studentship is January 2022.

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2021.

About the studentship

The Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE Bristol has a funded PhD studentship currently on offer. The PhD project will look at the impact of decarbonisation and net zero policies and programmes on racial and ethnic minority communities in Bristol. We are encouraging applications from students who are interested to explore these issues through questions such as:

  • As progress is made towards net zero, what are the spatial and socio-demographic distributions of decarbonisation?
  •  How do decarbonisation efforts relate to or impact (in)equality?
  • Specifically, what are the implications of net zero with respect to race and ethnicity? How might an intersectional understanding of net zero policies and practice inform understandings of inequality?
  • How do decarbonisation efforts impact everyday life and social practice within racial and ethnic minority communities in Bristol?

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr Michael Buser (


The studentship is available from January 2022 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend of £5,000 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only). Overseas applicants will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.


Applicants must have a good first degree or, ideally, will have a Masters. The studentship is available both for UK and overseas applicants.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted, use the reference number 2022-JAN-FET09.

Applicants have the opportunity to discuss their studentship with Directors of Studies via a webinar to take place on Wednesday 8 September 2021 from 10:00 to 12:00 BST. Please use the registration form to reserve your place at this webinar.

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form. 

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2021.

Further information

It is expected that interviews will take place on the weeks commencing 1 and 8 November 2021. If you have not heard from us by 28 October 2021, we thank you for your application but, on this occasion, you have not been successful.

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